Poems of the Pine: A Fellowship Endangered

We heard that the fellowship is in danger. Can we find them and give them aid? Book 7 – A Fellowship Endangered We peeked into a mirror And peril we found – We must follow the fellowship And their fate discern. On a boat we rode Down the river’s course Into lands where live The Lords of Horses.   I was joined by three On the journey south: Nona the...

Poems of the Pine: The Dragon of Midnight

We take a break from the epic story this week and take a look at a battle against a mighty dragon. The Dragon of Midnight Where the tide tumbles Into towering cliffs A stark and stony Stronghold lies. In its darkest depths A dragon did sleep Till a wanderer woke The worm of night.   The unthinking thief Took three dark gems That mirrored the moonless...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: The Battle in the Tower

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: The Battle in the Tower

Sep 3, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we will complete our venture in Dol Guldor, as we fight in The Battle in the Tower This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.2. You can download...

Poems of the Pine: Mists of Anduin

A dream draws us across the mountains. Book 6 – Mists of Anduin When the battle was done Our dreams were haunted By memories, terrors, And mysterious visions. As we slept a summons Set our next road Across mountains Of misty peaks.   We gathered the Ghost Who gained the sword And crossed the peaks To the pristine woods. They sent us to find The...

Poems of the Pine: The Prince of Rohan

We bid farewell to the Grey Company and follow the Prince of Rohan. Book 5 – The Prince of Rohan We bade farewell To the band in grey To follow the Riders Of Rohan south. Their prince planned A piercing strike At the orcs awaiting In Orthanc’s depths.   But a trap was set To trick the Mark Into striking a keep Too strong to take. An army of orcs From...

Poems of the Pine: Rise of Isengard

Will our journey through Dunland be safer than as our journey through Enedwaith. Book 4 – Rise of Isengard Deep into Dunland We dared not go Till friends we found In the Falcon Clan. We helped them prepare For the perils of war Then learned the lay Of the lands nearby.   The Falcon feigned The friendship it showed And suddenly sold Us to Saruman’s...

Poems of the Pine: Echoes of the Dead

Is it possible to deal with the dead? Book 3 – Echoes of the Dead The distant dwarf That dwelt in the comb Recalled the curse On cowardly men That refused to follow Their fervent vows To aid Gondor Against the dark.   As the rangers recalled The ruinous times We received some letters That led us astray. We followed the leads Which faltered our steps...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Assault on the Ringwraiths’ Lair

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Assault on the Ringwraiths’ Lair

Jul 30, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we return to Dol Guldor, for we are Assault the Ringwraiths’_Lair This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.2. You can download the PDF here....

Poems of the Pine: Ride of the Grey Company

It’s time for us to journey south. Will our journey go smoothly? Book 2 – Ride of the Grey Company The Company in Grey Gathered to journey South to the forges Of fallen Hollin. There a dwarf did make Duplicate rings To confuse the foe Of the company’s goal.   The first friend They found in Dunland Was Wadu who wielded A weapon of old. But it...

Poems of the Pine: Oath of the Rangers

We start out Volume 3 with a letter from Elrond. Book 1 – Oath of the Rangers We learned of a letter From Lorien Gold That arrived in the valley Of Rivendell fair. To Rohan the rangers Must reach in time To aid their chief In the challenges ahead.   They sent us to search The several lands Of Eriador to find The friends of the west. We cleared the...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Breaching the Necromancer’s Gate

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Breaching the Necromancer’s Gate

Jun 30, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we enter Dol Guldor, for we are Breaching the Necromancers Gate This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.1. You can download the PDF here. Now...

Poems of the Pine: The Mines of Moria

With volume 2 of the epic story complete, I have created a PDF that includes the first two volumes in a single document. This is pretty much the same poem that appeared in installments the last few months, though I did perform some editing sand add an epilogue. You can download the text here. The epilogue reads: We returned the axe To the treasury old To cure...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Protectors of Thangúlhad

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Protectors of Thangúlhad

May 28, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we head closer to Dol Guldor as we become the Protectors of Thangúlhad This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.1. You can download the PDF here....

Poems of the Pine: Fortress of the Nazgûl

We cross the river and head into Mirkwood. Book 9 – Fortress of the Nazgûl We alighted from our boat At the landing in Mirkwood Where shadow did send Shivers down our back. Our charge was to take The churlish Mazog Into the deepest woods To Dol Guldor.   We slogged through a swamp Sickened with death Where light did lure Our leader to the West. Then...

Poems of the Pine: Scourge of Khazad-dûm

May we finally leave Moria? Book 8 – Scourge of Khazad-dûm We have the head Of the horde of orcs That foul the caves Of Khazad-dûm. But we cannot leave These cruel dens Till we break the relics That blight these halls.   The first we found In foulest dens Where merrovail marred The mirrors of old. We changed their courses And cleaned their sheets To...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Strike against Dannenglor

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Strike against Dannenglor

Apr 30, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we head into Mirkwood to Strike against Dannenglor This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18. You can download the PDF here.   Now go out...

Poems of the Pine: The Leaves of Lórien

We have returned to the Golden Wood. Will we be able to remain? Book 7 – The The Leaves of Lórien We left the mines And to Lórien returned To find the friends Of the fallen wizard. We hunted orcs That haunted the wood And leaned of the grief Of the Garrison of Iron.   They sent us back To the baleful dark Where we found a garden Fouled by the deep. A...

Poems of the Pine: The Shadowy Abyss

We seek some help from the Golden Wood. Book 6 – The Shadowy Abyss We reached the light And Lórien found Where a plea we gave For the Garrison Dwarves. After testing our worth They told us they sent A team of elves Into the terrible dark.   They started their study In the stony foundation Where nameless and nasty Nightmares did dwell. For the Lóreien...

Poems of the Pine: Help from Lórien

Please note: The following post was an April Fool’s joke and is not real. Will the elves be able to provide the dwarves with any help? Book 6 – Help from Lórien We reached the light And Lórien found Where a plea we gave For the Garrison Dwarves. As time did pass They tested our worth Then chose to send A sylvan host. In force they came And cleared the...

Poems of the Pine: Drums in the Deep

Sometimes, things just don’t go the way you hope. Book 5 – Drums in the Deep Bróin did beg That we bury the axe For it carried a curse Both cruel and sweet. But Bori was sure The silvered axe Would instead do harm To the hordes of orcs.   He led a raid To rout the orcs From the mighty hold Where Mazog dwelt. But Gorothúl gave A grievous blow So...